Plants to be temporarily removed as work starts on £100,000 Beccles clock tower repairs

Repair and safety works will be carried out on Beccles clock tower. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Repair and safety works will be carried out on Beccles clock tower. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Scaffolding will be put up around Beccles clock tower next week as a £100,000 repair project gets under way.

The work will start on Monday, August 21 and is expected to be completed by November 3.

The project was announced by Waveney District Council at the start of the month, following reports of loose and falling masonry back in August 2015.

A specialist conservation surveyor was appointed to prepare a report on the overall condition and work needed.

This included high-level stonework repairs and lead weathering, replacement of lead on the roof, timber repairs to the roof and improvements to the drainage system.

A spokesman from Beccles Town Council said: 'The work involves erecting scaffold all around the tower to allow the contractors safe access to all the external surfaces.

'An unfortunate consequence of this work is that the plants in the beds around the base of the tower will have to be removed to allow the scaffold to be erected safely.

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'It is the intention of Beccles Town Council to ensure that, once the work is completed and the scaffold removed, to get the beds replanted as soon as practically possible.'

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